A Complete Winter and Breeding
Tetrad Atlas of Shropshire's Birds
Fieldwork for The Shropshire Bird Atlas has been extended for one more breeding season: April – July 2013. We have to do this to get a comparable level of coverage to the previous Atlas (1992), which was based on six years fieldwork (1985-90), so we can draw worthwhile conclusions about the extensive changes in local bird distribution and populations that have taken place in the last 20-25 years.
There are still many survey squares (“tetrads” – 2x2 kilometre squares) where the target level of 50 breeding species found, with probable or confirmed breeding for 30 of them, has not been achieved. We want to cover each of these tetrads in 2013.
We need more helpers, and we need all the people who have helped in previous years to make one last effort, please.
We particularly need help in the Southern half of the County. A meeting has been arranged to get as many people involved as we can. Please come if you are able to help, or contact your Area Co-ordinator. Clear instructions are provided, and training is available if you want it. Most squares already have some coverage, so you’ll only have to look for the species that haven’t been found yet.
The Bird Atlas – One Big Final Push
Saturday, 16th March 2013 9.45am (prompt 10.00am start)
Refreshments on Arrival Finish around 12.30pm
Craven Arms Community Centre Newington Way
(opposite turning to Railway Station on main A49 Shrewsbury Road)
Results so far. Fieldwork priorities in 2013. Getting Involved
For Further information about the whole Atlas Project and contact details for the Area Co-ordinators, see here
For the latest fieldwork results see here
Atlas maps provide the baseline for many Conservation policies, so this is a very important Project. Anyone interested in birds can make an important contribution.
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